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Malaysia

From the colonial era, Malaysia inherited relatively well-developed but unevenly distributed infrastructure and transportation networks. After achieving independence, the Malaysian government made considerable efforts and large investments in expanding its highways, railroads, seaports, and airports. More recently, the government played an active role in encouraging development of modern modes of communications such as satellite telecommunications and the Internet. In the late 1990s, the government launched a privatization program in the transportation and communication sector, which brought private investments, allowed more flexibility, and provided initiatives for managers to increase profitability and production efficiency.

Malaysia is served by a network of 94,500 kilometers (58,721 miles) of primary and secondary roads, 70,970 kilometers (44,100 miles) of which are paved. This includes 580 kilometers (360 miles) of superior quality expressways, which connect Kuala Lumpur with Singapore and with major seaports and other destinations. However, the road transportation system is still underdeveloped in East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), with most of the roads in Peninsular Malaysia. In the 1990s, with the rapidly growing number of privately-owned cars (840,000 new registrations in 1997 alone), the roads in the capital and other major cities became highly congested. This also brought air pollution in Kuala Lumpur to a very high level, which combined with pollution from forest fires in the Indonesian part of Borneo to create hazardous smog in 1997 and 1998. In 1996, there was a total of almost 7 million motor vehicles registered in Malaysia, including 2.8 million passenger cars, 3.4 million motorcycles and mopeds, 37,000 buses and coaches, and 400,000 trucks and vans. In response to the growing number of cars on the national roads, the government invested in development of the public transport system, including modernization of the country's railways and the construction of a light rapid-transit system in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia has a railway system of about 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles), part of which was planned for privatization in 1998-99. In 2000, only 148 kilometers (92 miles) of railways were electrified. The major tracks run from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and further to Pinang and Bangkok (Thailand). However, the railways are unevenly distributed. There is only 1 railway track of about 134 kilometers (83 miles) in East Malaysia (in Sabah). Malaysia intends to invest heavily in development of a monorail system in Kuala Lumpur and into building new railways. The biggest project is the US$632 million (RM2.4 billion) Express Rail Link (ERL), which will connect Kuala Lumpur Central (the main railway station in the Kuala Lumpur City) with Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). In 1996-97, the 8.6-kilometer Kuala Lumpur People Rapid Transit (monorail) was built at a cost of US$300 million (RM1.14 billion). The U.S.-based Parsons Transportation Group provided design and engineering services to the local Malaysian firm building

Kuala Lumpur's light rail transit systems. Several other multi-multimillion dollar railway projects have been initiated, but some were put on hold due to the difficulties caused by the Asian financial crisis.

Malaysia's seaports were established during the colonial era and served as merchant ports as well as British naval bases. The major ports are Kelang, George Town, Pinang, and Kuantan on the Peninsula, and Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in East Malaysia. During the last few decades, these ports were expanded to serve rapidly-growing Malaysian exports and imports. The West Port of Port Kelang has seen RM2.2 billion worth of combined (private and government) investments, while there has been RM2.8 billion worth of investment in the Tan-jung Pelepas Port. Competition has grown between Malaysia and Singapore for servicing international ships and handling containers, although 40 percent of Malaysia's international trade was handled through Singapore until recently. In 1998 Malaysia's seaports handled 83 million metric tons of cargo. In late 2000, there was an announcement that the world's largest container line, Maersk-Sealand, intends to move its regional trans-shipment operations from Singapore to the Malaysian port in Johor.

Malaysia has also promoted development of aviation in order to serve growing tourism and business needs. The country has 32 airports with paved runways, and 83 airports with unpaved runways. The largest of them, the US$3.2 billion state-of-the-art Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was opened in 1998. It is capable of handling 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo annually. U.S. firms, including Harris, FMC, Adtranz, and Honeywell, have been awarded contracts to supply passenger trams, jetways, and information systems for this new airport. Malaysia transformed its national partly-privatized air carrier, Malaysian Airlines, into a world-class company, operating a fleet of about 100 aircraft.

In Peninsular Malaysia, electrical power is supplied by the predominantly state-controlled Tenaga Nasional company. Due to the rapid industrial development and growing demand for electricity, considerable efforts were made to privatize the national utility company and develop private initiatives to build and operate new power generating plants. To this end, a private consortium, the Independent Power Providers (IPPs), was established. Malaysia has sufficient reserves of oil, gas, and coal to meet its energy needs. Additionally, in East Malaysia there is huge potential for building hydroelectric power plants, but their development will require considerable investments. In the mid-1990s, the Malaysian government considered building the Bakun Hydro-electric Dam, which would have been one of the world's largest dams, in Sarawak; the controversial plan was abandoned, however, due to financial difficulties. In 1998, Malaysia produced 57.45 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), 94 percent of which was produced using fossil fuel and 5.22 percent by hydroelectric power plants.

Telecommunications services in Malaysia are provided by several competing companies. The largest is Telecom Malaysia, which formerly had a state monopoly in the sector. The quality of telecommunication services is up to international standards, thanks to an inflow of private investments and the government's initiatives in developing this sector. In 1998, the country had 4.4 million telephone lines and 2.17 million mobile phones. In 1999 there were 8 major Internet service providers (including Telecom Malaysia, MIMOS Ltd., and Maxis Ltd.), with a number of new companies announcing their intention to enter the market. In 1998, the Malaysian government announced the development of the multi-billion-dollar Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). This ambitious project, 15 kilometers wide and 50 kilometers long, and stretching from Kuala Lumpur to the new international airport, is planned to become a Malaysian "Silicon Valley." The MSC will include 2 "smart cities," employing a high-technology environment, high-capacity telecommunications, sophisticated infrastructure, and even "electronic government."

Source : Encyclopedia of the Nations

 

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Malaysia likely to give growth projects priority
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2008/06/21, BusinessTimes



THE government's review of infrastructure and mega-projects under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) could see several projects put on hold, scaled down, or extended over a longer period, industry sources said.

Projects will likely be prioritised based on necessity, cost, and urgency.

Amid soaring costs and higher fuel prices, projects that would have the most benefits for the people would jump to the front line, they said.

"The government is more concerned with rising food prices. So they will go for top priority projects which can generate growth, instead of mega developments. While this is a concern among industry players, we hope to be given a slice of the smaller cake," said one official of a public listed construction firm.

The government had announced that 880 projects worth about RM15 billion will be implemented under the 9MP.

So far, projects that have been awarded under the 9MP include East Coast Expressway Phase 2 comprising packages 10 and 12 (worth RM1.5 billion), Kota Kinabalu Airport upgrade works (RM750 million), Second Penang Bridge (worth RM3 billion) electrified double-tracking projects from Ipoh-Padang Besar and Seremban-Gemas (RM16 billion collectively), and Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant (RM4 billion).

Projects that have been shortlisted but not yet awarded, meanwhile, include the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR), Penang Monorail, Johor Baru Monorail, West Coast Expressway, flood mitigation, Pahang-Selangor Raw Water Transfer Project, Klang Valley LRT extension, and Selangor water treatment and distribution, worth RM28 billion collectively.


One industry player said he believes the government may postpone flood mitigation and building of highways in Peninsular Malaysia, while giving the go- ahead for road and bridge construction works in Sabah and Sarawak.

Some research houses, meanwhile, believe that PORR may be shelved indefinitely while the Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking project could be postponed to 2009.

"Under the Eighth Malaysia Plan (8MP), 30 to 35 per cent of the projects were delayed and carried forward to the 9MP. We are expecting the same for the 9MP, looking at the current political scenario and rising costs.

"We believe the Ipoh-Padang Besar double tracks awarded to Gamuda-MMC could be prolonged from five to 10 years, and there may be some hitches in the Selangor water projects," an analyst said.

The flow of project awards will also likely slow down for the remainder of 2008, which could put downside pressure on the stock market.

"Most people have already factored in the news (project delays). The constraint now is that the government has a budget deficit level to meet and that level is 3.1 per cent of the gross domestic product in 2008. With this constraint in mind, they can't simply go around spending," said one analyst.

The analyst said there is talk that the Penang Monorail project may be re-tendered and the development plan restructured under a build, operate and transfer concept or private finance initiative offering the company the concession.

Another industry player said the government is expected to concentrate on projects which could benefit the public such as building new roads and improving the public transport system.

"We believe the government may go ahead with the Klang Valley LRT extension. They may shorten the plan," he said.

The LRT extension includes an extension of the Kelana Jaya LRT line to Klang, and a new outer-ring line serving the outskirts of the Klang Valley.
 

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Malaysia Has Made The Best Of What It Has, Says Kofi Annan
By M. Saraswathi, Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR -- Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today heaped praises on Malaysia's success in economic development and political governance.

Describing Malaysia as having made the best use of whatever resources it has, Annan said its unique experience of development offered a more accessible and appropriate model for less developed countries to learn from.

In making the call, the Nobel Laureate cited how other ex-colonies should emulate Malaysia in investing in areas such as education, developing cost effective social safety nets, building appropriate housing and health systems.

It should also promote agricultural productivity, enhance rural development as well as harness national savings.

These are some of the vital components of modern Malaysia "that seems easy to be taken for granted when you gaze at the Kuala Lumpur skyline with its gleaming office towers clad in glass and steel. Today's Malaysia is a highly industrialized nation with state-of-art infrastructure, modern services and strong research and technology capacity" said Annan, who retired last year after helming the world body since 1997.

Annan, who hails from Ghana, said this in his address at the Khazanah Merdeka Series of lectures here today which was attended by over 800 people including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.

Others included Malaysia's former Permanent Representative to the U.N. Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Khazanah Nasional Managing Director Datuk Azman Mokhtar and about 800 guests.

"You have much to be proud of. Most Malaysians are financially secure and there is a relatively high degree of social mobility "

"I do not support the argument that political stability can only be assured if freedoms are curbed, which some would say has been a price Malaysia has paid for prosperity.

"All this is easier said than done, you will say.

"I hear voices complaining about the inequities of the international systems that make it hard for Malaysia's voice to be heard.

"But this should not slow down efforts to develop networks or promote appropriate development strategies," he said.

"Malaysia has an important knowledge to impart to less developed countries. Joining the ranks of developed nations -- as Malaysia is expected to do -- within the next 12 years, brings certain benefits. It does, but it also carries obligations.

"In today's world, not only are we responsible for each others' security, but we are also in some measure responsible for each others' welfare.

" said Annan, who retired last year after helming the world body since 1997.

Annan, who hails from Ghana, said this in his address at the Khazanah Merdeka Series of lectures here today which was attended by over 800 people including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.

Others included Malaysia's former Permanent Representative to the U.N. Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Khazanah Nasional Managing Director Datuk Azman Mokhtar and about 800 guests.
 

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Johor

Aero Mall, hi-tech park to boost Senai airport
Monday June 16, 2008, By FARIK ZOLKEPLI,TheStar



Senai Airport

THE construction of the Aero Mall shopping complex and the Senai High Tech Park will help the Senai International Airport to become a logistics hub in five years.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said development projects conducted by Senai Aiport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) would increase the number of passengers and cargo at the airport and thus benefit Iskandar Malaysia as well.

“The airport will be the first in the country to have a shopping complex equipped with a commercial centre. It will include a hotel, bank, restaurant and entertainment facilities,” he said.
Abdul Ghani said Aero Mall would have its own airport concept.

“With this, the airport will not only function as a location for airplanes to arrive and depart but will also become a high-tech hub for passengers as well as cargo to the rest of the world,” he told pressmen after launching the Aero Mall at the airport in Johor Baru.

The construction of the RM70mil Aero Mall is expected to be completed by December 2009.

SATS is also investing RM300mil to upgrade the main facilities at the airport such as increasing the length of the runways, equipping the runways with a new system and signal lights, as well as constructing runways catering to big aircraft.

“The upgrade is expected to take two years and once it is ready, the airport will be able to cater to big aircraft, both passengers and cargo,” Abdul Ghani said.

Meanwhile, SATS chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman said SATS would build the high-tech park on 800ha located beside the airport and economic zone.

“This will enable the park to become an interesting destination for high-tech sector investments. The park will be equipped with broadband and stable electrical supply without interruption,” he said.
 

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Johor

Bukit Chagar CIQ to start operations in May
By BERNAMA
11 February, 2008

The Bukit Chagar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex will start its operations in May, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu says. He said the complex, worth over RM1 billion, has been fully completed and all relevant government agencies have started to move in and make the necessary preparations.

“The CIQ will be open to the public and light vehicles in May,” he told reporters after officiating the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a road from Permas Jaya to Pasir Gudang here today.

Present was Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Samy Vellu said the CIQ will have a temporary link to the Johor Causeway.

Upon completion of the “Medium Term Link” (MTL), which connects the CIQ with the Johor Causeway, at the end of 2009, heavy vehicles which presently passed through the Tanjung Puteri Customs Inspection Centre will be allowed to use the complex, he said.

When asked on the cost of building the MTL, he said the Finance Ministry was still looking at it.

On the 9km Permas Jaya-Pasir Gudang road, Samy Vellu said the RM190-million project undertaken by Pelantar Komponen Sdn Bhd would be completed by Jan 1, 2001.

The cost included the construction of elevated interchanges along the Johor Baru-Pasir Gudang Road and in Permas Jaya and three bridges over Sungai Luncho, Sungai Rekoh and Sungai Masai, he said.

“The Works Ministry has identified Permas Jaya as having the potential to grow rapidly with the construction of several other high-impact infrastructure projects under the Iskandar Development Region programme,” he said.

He also said that under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the federal government had allocated RM1.87 billion for development projects in Johor.
 

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The GSB Project involves the relocation of the existing Customs, Immigration and Quarantine ("CIQ") facilities to the present Johor Bahru railway station at Bukit Chagar and to replace part of the Causeway with a road bridge and a rail bridge, including the construction of other related infrastructure and amenities on a fast-track basis. GERBANG has been appointed by the Government of Malaysia (the "Government") as the Design & Build contractor for the GSB Project.

The Johor Causeway (the "Causeway"), built in 1920 and officially opened in 1924 is frequently congested and no longer adequate in catering to the increasing level of traffic between Malaysia and Singapore. The Causeway suffers from traffic congestion during peak hours, public holidays and festivals. The main focus of the road network in Johor Bahru is in the Johor Bahru Central Business District ("Johor Bahru CBD"), which has evolved around the Causeway linking to Singapore. Thus, the traffic pattern in Johor Bahru CBD is very much connected to what happens at the Causeway.
 

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Kuala Terengganu as hub to Far East proposed
Thursday June 5, 2008, TheStar

KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu wants the Sultan Mahmud Airport here to be a hub for destinations to China and Vietnam.

“The airport is located close to Kunming in China, Saigon and Hong Kong, so airlines operating these routes could establish their regional offices here,” Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said after chairing the weekly state exco meeting here yesterday.

Ahmad said the new airport terminal and extended runway could accommodate Boeing 747s from September.

“We will also see flights carrying 8,000 pilgrims from east coast states from the airport here directly to Mecca,

“Twenty Boeing 747s owned by Malaysia Airlines will use the airport to ferry pilgrims to the Holy Land,” he said.

Ahmad said 15 cargo planes, all B747s, will be used to transport horses for the World Equestrian Endurance Championship at Lembah Bidong, Setiu, this November.

“Therefore, the airport could be elevated to a regional hub so that passengers could fly direct to China and Hong Kong,” he said.

Ahmad said the state government would also build an aircraft refuelling facility at the airport for planes to transit.

He also said that Tabung Haji had agreed to build a complex for pilgrims on a 2.8ha site near the airport.
 

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Mega projects give a touch of modernity after Barisan takes over Terengganu
Tuesday February 19, 2008
TheStar

KUALA TERENGGANU: Kuala Nerus is one of eight parliamentary constituencies in Terengganu where the Federal Government has launched multibillion ringgit development projects since Barisan Nasional (BN) wrested the state from PAS in the 2004 general election.

These projects have brought much progress to the constituency, giving it a touch of modernity.

Among the mega projects launched in Kuala Nerus are reclamation of land along the Seberang Takir coast, construction of a sports complex and upgrading the Sultan Mahmud Airport.

There is also the development of Pulau Duyong into a venue for the international Monsoon Cup sailing sports and construction of Felda headquarters in the east coast.

Other new projects are Pulau Warisan to create four health centres in each state constituency, constructing pedestrian crossings, Fire and Rescue Department outposts and upgrading the Police Field Force complex in Gong Badak.

In an interview with Bernama, Kuala Nerus MP Che Azmi Abdul Rahman said the RM300mil reclamation of the Seberang Takir coast up to Pantai Tanjung began two years ago. It is expected to be completed soon.

Che Azmi said the embankment was to prevent soil erosion, reduce the impact of waves and, most importantly, facilitate smoother movement for fishermen to land their catches.

For the 12th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in May, he said the state was constructing a RM300mil sports complex near the airport.

On the current RM500mil upgrading works at the airport, Che Azmi said it was done to enable pilgrims to fly to Mecca from the state, rather than travel to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Pulau Duyong, once viewed as a scenic fishing village, has earned a place on the international map as a leading haven for sailing enthusiasts and also as the venue for the prestigious annual Monsoon Cup.

The island features a resort and facilities for the locals, including affordable apartments.

“The project did not involve taking land from villagers. The roads and the resort were built on reclaimed land.

There are also two universities – Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu in Gong Badak, with other colleges and teacher training colleges in the area.

Che Azmi said, to ease congestion at Sultan Mahmud Bridge and Manir Bridge, a new bridge linking Kampung Teluk Pasu, Pulau Sekati and Bukit Losong would be completed in two years.
 

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KUALA LUMPUR SMART Tunnel - Stormwater Management And Road Tunnel (SMART)
KL's SMART Tunnel:

The SMART Project Tunnel is about 9.7 km long and has internal diameter of 11.83 m. The SMART integrates both stormwater management and a motorway in the same tunnel.

The Stormwater Management Component comprises of the diversion structure, a holding basin, a bypass tunnel, a storage resevoir and the twin box culvert and an outlet structure. The total storage capacity for SMART system is 3 million m3. The existing ponds at Kg. Berembang and Taman Desa will be utilized as holding basin and storage reservoir.

The motorway will consist of a 3 km double deck structure within bypass tunnel with ingress and egress connection links at both ends of the structure. The ingress and egress connection to the motorway Tunnel Linking KL - Seremban Highway to Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Tun Razak.

The motorway consist of four ventilation and emergency escape shafts at about 1 km intervals and cross passages at 250 m intervals along the motorway tunnel.

A flood detection system and control and surveillance team will be incorporate in the overall SMART system to effectively integrate and manage both stormwater and traffic.


Teh operation of the SMART system works on three principal mode operation based on the relationship between flood discharge at the Sg. Klang / Sg. Ampang confluence and the operations status of the motorway. The river water stages and river discharge will be monitored via hydrological stations along the rivers.

The flood discharge will only be diverted into the bypass tunnel when it exceeds 70 cumecs. For flood discharge between 70 to 150 cumecs, the motorway will still be open to traffic. The motorway will only be closed when the flood discharge exceeds 150 cumecs for the full stormwater operation of the SMART, which is expected once or twice a year.

The reinstatement from stormwater to motorway operation will be initiated when the flood discharge recedes to 70 cumecs. The reinstatement process will take about 4 days and this involves cleaning up and reinstalling all portable equipment to full operation mode.

Opening of SMART tunnel to reduce flood risks and traffic jams
By BAVANI M.
Photos by SAMUEL ONG
Monday April 16, 2007
TheStar



In April and October of 2001, and again in June 2003, massive floods in Kuala Lumpur caused serious damage. It was apparent that the rivers flowing through the city were unable to hold the water and space constraints did not permit river improvement work. It was then that the storm water management and road tunnel project (SMART) was offered as a solution to end flooding in the capital city. More than three years have gone by since construction began and the highway is due to open at the end of this month. STAR METRO gains an insight into the workings of this RM1.9bil tunnel.
 

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KL-Putrajaya Highway

The KL-Putrajaya Highway will have the shortest direct link between the commercial centre of KL, the federal administrative centre of Putrajaya, the Multimedia Super Corridor of Cyberjaya and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang reducing the journey time from about 1 hour to approximately 30 minutes. Given its strategic linkage, this Highway is aptly referred to as "The Gateway to the Nation".

The KL-Putrajaya Highway is designed on a regional connectivity concept linking the Middle Ring Road 1 at Jalan Tun Razak and the Middle Ring Road 2 at Kesas Highway. It is also a traffic dispersal link to relieve traffic congestion along the KL-Seremban Highway at Jalan Tun Razak.

 

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The Kuching International Airport (KIA) has long been overlooked by many. Despite being the third largest airport in Malaysia, this airport seems to be rather underutilized after the Malaysian air rationalisation.





 

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Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is located about 8 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. It is the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport with around 4 million passengers using this airport annually for domestic and international flights. It is also the main gateway into the state of Sabah. In 2006, about 2 million unique tourists visited Sabah, and it is estimated that this number will exceed 2.5 million by the end of 2007.

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RM12bil double-track project 8% done
Wednesday June 25, 2008, By Zulkifly Mohamad, TheStar

BUTTERWORTH: The RM12.485bil electrified double track project from Ipoh to Padang Besar which commenced in January is now 8% complete.

An MMC-Gamuda JV Project spokesman said to date, 160km of the total 329km stretch of the project had been opened for works.

He said presently, the joint-venture partners for the project were actively involved in six major works.

“They include utility works such as relocating gas pipelines, water pipes and electricity cables. Works are also in progress to install fibre-optics for telecommunications facilities along the double tracks and stations,” he said.

He said works to build two double-barrel tunnels in Bukit Berapit with a distance of 3.3km and 330m for the other tunnel in Larut had begun.

“Various soil treatment methods are being carried out at all opened locations while earth and drainage works are also in full swing at such locations.

“The earthworks include ground levelling, cut and fill, land removal and preparation of access roads,” he added.

MMC-Gamuda JV Project has been given 60 months to deliver the project on Jan 7, 2013. They received the Letter of Award from the Government on Dec 13, last year, and took possession of the site on Jan 8.

The spokesman said work to build land viaduct at Bukit Mertajam in Penang and marine viaduct at Bukit Merah in Perak was progressing as scheduled.

The double-tracking main line would cover a distance of 171km from Ipoh to Butterworth while the Kedah line, from Bukit Mertajam to Padang Besar in Perlis, would stretch 158km.

It is touted as the single largest and one of the most expensive construction projects in the country and would create more than 100,000 jobs for the people in Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

Two million pieces of pre-cast concrete sleepers, 1.5mil tonnes of cement and 400,000 tonnes of steel are required to build the entire railway line.

Gamuda group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling was quoted as saying that the agreement with the government was one lump sum over the five-year span.

“We are hedging on the prices of building materials, so even if prices are volatile, we will not gain or lose,” he said.
 

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I like the Sultan Mahmud Airport! I has a distinctive Malay architecture. Most likely the inside is ultramodern
 

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Obviously Sultan Mahmud Airport still under construction. However, operation is commenced as usual. Check-in counters, several shop lots, cafeterias are already opened.
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